A man described as “a mystery to mental health professionals” has been jailed for four months after he terrorised a woman with threatening phone calls.
Sakkir Choudhury 30, who has a lengthy history of similar offending, was sent to prison yesterday after long-running legal wrangle to find funding for a mental health assessment.
We have looked at 10 years of antecedents. There is a varied history of threats in terms of police, general members of the public, and a minor. You have been subject to numerous forms of probation intervention, without any meaningful outcomeBench chairman Marian Oliver
He picked out at random the phone number of young woman in Devon and made a series of frightening calls to her in February, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Choudhury, of Beechwood Street, Thornhill, Sunderland, told his victim he was watching her house and that he was going to kill her, causing her to fear for her life.
Following the incident, the court heard the victim was too scared to stay home alone and would constantly look over her shoulder when she was out.
Prosecutor Sarah O’Neill said: “On February 1, she received a large number of phonecalls of a threatening nature. He said ‘I’ve been watching your house, I’m going to kill you’
“She contacted police an inquiries were made. The calls were linked to Mr Choudhury, who lives in Sunderland, and Northumbria Police became involved.
“Choudhury explained that he picked out a number and changed the last two digits, and, in doing so, he got hundreds of different combinations,” Ms O’Neill added.
He told police it had not been his intention to be malicious, and the case had been adjourned for a psychiatric assessment on several occasions but there was no funding available.
He had previously pleaded guilty to sending a malicious communication.
He also admitted a public order offence, dating back to December, when he made gun gestures to a woman and two police officers at Brockley Whins Metro station in South Tyneside.
Tom Morgan, defending, said: “I don’t doubt that you are concerned about what you have heard.”
He said the pe-sentence report “contains significant detail about somebody who is clearly a mystery to psychiatric professionals. It is not entirely clear exactly what is the exact nature of his condition.
“When the defendant is agitated and will result in a spree of offending. I don’t think he necessarily is in full control when such a spree starts.” Jailing Choudhury, chairman of the bench Marian Oliver said: “We have looked at 10 years of antecedents. There is a lengthy history of threats in terms of police, general members of the public, and a minor.
“When you come out there will be post-custody supervision, you will be given support from a number of professionals.”
Choudhury’s terror reign dates back 10 years
Sakkir Choudhury now has 43 convictions for making nuisance and threatening phonecalls in a nationwide offending spree dating back to 2001.
Aside from Sunderland, the 30-year-old has convictions from Surrey, Luton, South East Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Rotherham and Gateshead magistrates’ courts.
He most recently appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on another matter last June, while earlier in 2014 he was jailed for impersonating a police officer.
In 2005, at Luton Crown Court he was sentenced for making 25,000 calls to Crimestoppers, which cost the charity 9.6p a minute to receive. He also admitted making racially harassing phonecalls.
And in 2010 he was dealt with for calling customers of a takeaway in Luton, telling them he had taken money from their credit cards and threatened violence.
The owner, said the first he knew something was wrong was when an “angry mob” turned up at the eaterie.